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Leaning In, Mommy Wars, and a Dose of Humility
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out exactly why I feel so bothered by Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to ...

After 10,000 Emails, Victoria’s Secret Continues Business as Usual
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Victoria's Secret's statement about “Bright Young Things” — what Sojourners has always made clear was a campaign, not a line — does not address Sojourners’ central concerns over reinforcing confusion ...

On Victoria's Secret: Speaking Up for Our Daughters
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

I believed that Victoria’s Secret was putting profits above girls’ self-esteem, self-pride, and self-worth. I wanted my voice to be heard even though I had no idea if they would even listen. I wanted to share ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 12:23am | Type: Preaching the Word

John 4:5-42 Rose Marie Berger Who is the Samaritan woman with whom Jesus ...

On Leaning In
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Sandberg’s big nod to work-life balance is that she leaves the office at 5:30 to go home for dinner with her children, and then spends another couple of hours working at home. Every day! ...

White House Council Calls for Action on Modern-day Slavery
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

With a 36-page report released Wednesday, the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships hopes to build awareness of the estimated 21 million people worldwide who are subjected t ...

21 Million People Live in Bondage Worldwide, Says Report
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is one of the top-grossing industries in the world, and claims another victim nearly every 30 seconds. President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a group ...

Tensions Flare Over Women’s Prayers at Sacred Western Wall
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

The ultra-Orthodox rabbi in charge of the sacred Western Wall assured a government emissary on Thursday that Jewish women will not be arrested if they try to recite the mourner’s prayer at the holy site, despi ...

Jimmy Carter vs. the SBC/Driscoll/Victoria’s Secret: A Sea Change?
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy, in the daily course of events, to forget how pervasive such judgments against the equality of women really are, especially as we have examples of powerful women in political office and business. But ...

Change From Within
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 12:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Molloy Villages in Senegal put an end to female genital cutting—and show the power of communities learning together to change. ...

Pope Francis Says Women Play a ‘Fundamental’ Role Within the Church
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Wednesday said women play a “fundamental role” in the Catholic Church as those who are mostly responsible for passing on the faith from one generation to the next. ...

Churches Must Step Up to Help Abused Spouses
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

There’s a sad history in too many Christian churches of pastors telling abused wives that their duty is, as one author noted, “to trust that God would honor her action by either stopping the abuse or giving he ...

OMG! Kim Kardashian Gains Weight While Pregnant!
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

My heart breaks because we can’t get away from the objectification of women in our culture. Magazines. Television. Movies. Websites. It’s everywhere. Last week, a member of my you ...

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of the world, we should all be feminists. And given what we know about the role of independent, empowered women in the community of disciples, for the sake world, we might be “Christians.” ...

Men and Boys Behaving Badly: Where Are Their Fathers?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Press

March 26, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Men and Boys Behaving Badly: Where Are Their Fathers?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

It’s a constant story line involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: they behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women, using and abusing them at will, and s ...

Bright Young Things?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

Victoria's Secret's new “Bright Young Things” line is a corporate declaration that young girls should be sexualized for profit. Like most women I know, I have struggl ...

Report: Delayed Marriage, More Unwed Births
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

First comes baby, then comes marriage? That is the new norm for many middle-class young Americans — and they and their children are paying a price, says a new report. First comes ...

Steubenville Rape Case: From Blame to Responsibility
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

The tragedy of the Steubenville rape case has provided a moral challenge to our nation. We are caught up in a highly emotional cycle of blame as we debate who the real victim is in this case. I find myself ask ...

Rape Culture: How Our Scorn for Self-Control Drowns Out ‘No’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy to look at the now-infamous Steubenville case and see a Penn State writ small — a story of rape in the social-media age. What’s harder to see in Steubenville is ourselves. ...

The Cost of 'Perverted' Preaching
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We're seeing a slow but sustainable transformation of cultural attitudes toward gender and sex. ...

To Protect and To Heal
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church's Response. Fortress Press. OVER DINN ...

Across the Board, Peace
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Jim Balmer Jim Balmer is an antiwar activist whose commitment to no ...

Real-World Solutions
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Marcia Pally Abortion rates have dropped, and many people of faith are very interested in the reasons why. BE ...

Love in Action on Valentine's Day
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang Feb. 14 "One Billion Rising" events aim to end violence against women. TAMAR’S LIFE COUL ...

Four Questions for Kelvin Hazangwi
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Four questions for Kelvin Hazangwi Bio: Executive Director, Padare/Enkundleni Men's ...

The Circle of Life
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nyambura J. Njoroge Adapted from "Women as Compassionate Champions: The Doers and the Leaders," by Nyambura J. Njorage, in Wome ...

Being Like Deborah
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley What in heaven's name does "biblical womanhood" mean? Rachel Held Evans embarked on a yearlong journey to fi ...

Persistent Widows
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Preaching the Word

Luke 18:1-8 Joyce Hollyday Hollyday gives moving examples of women who ha ...

The Presumption of Equality
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Women still are forced to operate as second-class citizens in the church. EVER SINCE THE ap ...

A Way Out of No Way
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Diana L. Hayes Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality by Diana L. Hayes AFRICAN-AMERICAN ...

Beauty and Liberation
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Magazine Article

E. Ethelbert Miller A tribute to artist Elizabeth Catlett WHENEVER I entered a museum gallery and saw sculptu ...

A 'Hostile Takeover' of Women Religious
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:18pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joan Chittister The Vatican attacks on Catholic sisters will sap the church's impact in the world. AFTER ...

From the Archives: June 1990
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Maria Riley Women's Concerns With the publication of the second draft of the National Conference of Cath ...

The Vagina Dialogues
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We've come a long way, baby. Or have we? Is it too much to ask legislators to speak cogently about women's health? ...

Abandoning Women to Flames
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Alisa Harris In a country where parents lit their wounded daughters on fire, women lit themselves on fire to escape. I couldn’t shake the ...

'Humankind's Most Savage Cruelty'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stewart Burns What will it take to shut down "Satan's marketplace," the global slave trade? Every weapon in the arsenal of ...

Here?
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Abayea Pelt Human trafficking happens around the world -- and right down the street. A Washington, D.C. organization works to save girls ...

Shutting Down "Satan’s Marketplace"
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stewart Burns In “’Humankind’s Most Savage Cruelty,’” I describe how it will take every weapon in the arsenal of nonviolence to end the g ...

Gratitude for the 'Better Men'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I'm grateful to the men who use their power, money, and influence on behalf of women. Recen ...

From Patriarchy to Partnership
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Helen LaKelly Hunt Historically, traditional marriage was based on a subordinate view of women. An egalitarian model of mutual respect pr ...

Vanquishing Jane Crow
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner The Dream is Freedom: Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith, by Sarah Azaransky. Civil ...

Are You Paying Attention?
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot How do we find ourselves and God in the midst of media overload? Advertising and social me ...

Women & Girls
Originally Posted: 03/08/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Campaign

Empowering Women Empowers Us All How Not to Raise a Daughter Religion, Scripture, and the Value of Women ...

'Your Daughters Will Prophesy'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge In the new South Africa, the future is speaking in the voices of the girls.  I write, I can ...

Where Her Heart Is
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 2:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard Humanitarian, award winning actress, and best-selling author Ashley Judd reflects on her faith and "true calling" - ...

Rereading Feminism
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner Women's ongoing search, in life and texts, for equality and empowerment. Second-wave fem ...

When People Become a Commodity
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels A club owner in Chicago can pick up the phone and "mail-order" three girls from Eastern Europe. ...

Sister Act
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley Benedictine women in Wisconsin are practicing new (and ancient) ways to save the earth, starting with the home front. ...

Securing Women's Rights
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Magazine Article

Farah Mokhtareizadeh When the Taliban ruled, they prevented girls from going to school. Who's stopping them now? ...